CNBC’s “Squawk Box” featured an interview with former CIA director James Woolsey July 5 on the idea that North Korea has the capability to detonate a small nuclear weapon from an orbiting satellite now, over the US, knocking out the power grid. So, for the sake of this blog, I’ll call this a “short film”.
Woolsey says that satellite technology is much easier to master than ICBM’s, and cites the Soviet Union’s Sputnik in 1957 as evidence.
Some reports say that this claim has been disputed.
But Woolsey repeated this assertion to Don Lemon on CNN on July 6.
But other than that, major media outlets have not picked up on this and the Trump administration has not yet acknowledged this particular risk.
Tony Cordesman has suggested that a limited military operation against DPRK could do a small (non-nuclear flux) EMP to take out their grids, but woukdn’t that trigger a retaliation if Woolsey is right?